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Ohio State recruiting: State Secrets, 10/25 - Penn St weekend preview

LGHL takes a look at all of the talented recruits expected to be on hand for the Ohio State-Penn State game Saturday.

5-star Tony Brown will be in attendance at Ohio State-Penn State.
5-star Tony Brown will be in attendance at Ohio State-Penn State.
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Urban Meyer and his staff will host a slate of visitors with more elite talent than was on hand for the Wisconsin night game back in September. There will be two composite five-star class of 2014 recruits on hand and one in the 2015 recruiting class in attendance.

The biggest news from yesterday came when 2014 Beaumont (TX) Ozen five-star cornerback Tony Brown decided he would take his official visit to Columbus fro Saturday's game. The 6-foot defensive back is leaning towards attending LSU at this point in his recruitment. Texas A&M is probably number two for the star corner.

It's highly unlikely Brown decides to attend Ohio State when it's all said and done, but you can never say never with the way Urban Meyer has been recruiting since becoming the head coach at OSU. He has always maintained a high level of interest in the Bucks whenever we've spoken.

Another big visit worth discussing is that of 2014 Hinesville (GA) Liberty County five-star linebacker Raekwon McMillan. I remember talking to Raekwon when his was driving back home after his first ever trip to Columbus in the spring of 2012. From that day on I thought he would be a member of this class and my feelings on that still haven't changed.

While there's still quite a ways to go before his recruitment ends, I still think he'll commit to the Buckeyes in early January. He plans on enrolling at the school he chooses then and should be in a position to make a big impact from day one at whichever school he decides to attend.

Two of the top uncommitted wide receivers in the 2014 class are expected on campus this weekend in the likes of Gallatin (TN) Station Camp wideout Josh Malone and Durham (NC) Hillside wide receiver Trevion Thompson.

Both of these top talents are long shots to land in this class, but if things go well on their visits this weekend, they could vault into good position for one or both of them, especially Thompson, who has the Buckeyes in his final two, along with the Clemson Tigers.

Rounding out the major 2014 visitors who will be on campus Saturday comes in the form of junior college offensive tackle Avery Gennesy. The massive 6-foot-5-inch, 307 pound tackle hails from East Mississippi Community College in Scooba, Mississippi, the same community college as 2013 wide receiver commit Corey Smith. He holds a Buckeye offer, but Texas A&M is the current leader for the star offensive line prospect.

There will also be a host of elite 2015 recruits on hand for the big game, with the biggest one being Lexington (NC) North Davidson five-star defensive tackle Shy Tuttle. Ohio State isn't really in the picture for the 6-foot-2-inch, 315 pound defensive tackle, but a good first visit could change that. Alabama, Clemson, and North Carolina are the perceived leaders at this point of his recruitment.

A couple of top junior skill players will be in Columbus this weekend including the likes of Orlando (FL) Timber Creek running back Jacques Patrick, Harrisburg (PA) Bishop McDevitt running back Andre Robinson, and Hubbard (OH) running back Larry "LJ" Scott.

Ohio State is one of only a few team from the Midwest with a solid chance of landing Patrick, it's unknown where they stand for Robinson, and are the clear leaders for Scott.

Finally Jersey City (NJ) St. Peter's Prep corner Minkah Fitzpatrick will be in attendance for the big game. Ohio State and South Carolina are in pretty good position for him early in his recruitment.


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